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Newark native Queen Latifah is developing affordable housing in her hometown

The actress and recording artist is behind the development of 20 townhouses and a 76-unit apartment building with 16 affordable units in Newark, N.J.
February 24, 2019 12:30PM

Queen Latifah, Newark (Credit: Getty, Amazon)

Actress and recording artist Queen Latifah is building an affordable housing development in Newark, New Jersey.

Latifah, a Newark native, praised her hometown in a commencement speech last May at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, saying she was “proud to be one of Newark’s own today. This is home.”

She is building a residential development in Newark with 20 townhouses and a rental apartment building with 76 units, including 60 market-rate units and 16 affordable units. Construction is expected to conclude by December 2021.

Eligibility to rent the affordable units will be based on the prospective tenant’s income. Market-rate rents will start at $1,800 a month.

Latifah is co-president of BlueSugar Corporation, which is working on the Newark residential development with GonSosa Development. [Ebony]Mike Seemuth